Welcome to the Mooma Media school event filming and livestreaming page. I provide filming and livestreaming services for all kinds of school events, from awards evenings and concerts to training seminars. My school event filming and livestreaming services are available to schools throughout the Black Country and West Midlands region. Please continue reading to learn more about my live video production service for school shows and events.
Filming school shows and events is nothing new. Ever since cine cameras became available to the general public, schools and parents have wanted to record kids performing. This trend grew as video cameras became mainstream, and has grown still further in the digital age. In addition, services like Vimeo and video giant, YouTube now enable anyone to broadcast over the internet. Therefore, it’s never been easier to film and share school shows and events with those who can’t attend in person.
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Why choose Mooma Media for filming or livestreaming your school event?
I have a great deal of experience with producing school performances and other events. As a former Director of Performing Arts, I’m fully aware of the pressures that students and staff are under to make each event a success. However, as a former school leader, I’m also aware of the constraints within a school that make compromise inevitable. This gives me unique insight into what is workable for school event filming and livestreaming.
Single or multi-camera production?
The easiest method of school event filming or livestreaming is with a static camera. This can be set up to capture the whole scene or can be panned and zoomed in, to take in details of the action. This method works well for some presentations and is one that I often use when filming primary school nativities, for example. It has the advantage of taking up very little space, usually requiring just enough room to put up a tripod.
For more dynamic results, a multi-camera production is a far better option. This involves several cameras, with a variety of viewpoints, to capture the action. I can then cut between these viewpoints in real-time, for a more immersive experience than a single camera allows. Most TV programmes use multi-camera production for this reason.
Embedding your slideshow during school event filming.
I can easily embed a presenter’s PowerPoint slideshow and other media into a multi-camera production. This is ideal for professional events like conferences, seminars, or teach-meets. It gives the viewer a much better viewing experience than simply pointing a camera at a projector screen. I can also use picture-in-picture, to show the presenter onscreen during a slideshow, if required.
Why should schools film and livestream their shows and events?
A powerful reach into the community.
It’s important to celebrate the vibrance of your school in public. Showcasing concerts, dance shows, and even professional gatherings online is a powerful way to do this. Schools that celebrate the full range of their work online are at a significant advantage, in a competitive environment.
School event filming provides long-term promotional assets.
Movie footage of an impressive event lasts long after it has ended. This makes it a perfect asset for a school’s website and social media channels. Video extracts taken from school events can easily be recycled for inclusion in later promotional movies. They make excellent B-roll for talking heads, for example. They’re also ideal as part of the header or background videos on your school website.
If it’s worth doing, it’s probably worth filming!
Committing an event to video is much like putting important ideas on paper. Recording an event creates a permanent document for future enjoyment and future reference. Organising shows, concerts, and professional events can consume huge amounts of energy and often large sums of money. Therefore, preserving them is almost certainly worth the small additional cost involved.
If it’s worth filming, then it’s probably worth filming well!
A self-help approach to school event filming and livestreaming can be a money saver. However, chances are that, without specialist knowledge and equipment, the results will be less than satisfying. In particular, while image quality may be satisfactory, poor sound often makes amateur video footage as good as useless! Much better to delegate the job to someone with the capability of capturing both video and audio successfully.
Nice little earner!
Set up in the right way, online videos of your events can be turned into a revenue stream. Subscriber-only access can add value to either professional events or school performances. This can help to offset the costs of setting up the event and of having it recorded or live streamed.
Safeguarding and GDPR considerations when filming or livestreaming school events.
With suitable care, there is no reason to avoid the benefits of filming and livestreaming school events. Your LA or Trust will have guidelines in place to ensure that both students and schools are protected. These often exceed protections required in law and, if followed, will ensure everyone’s safety. Building these into your event planning from the start is important if you want your school event filmed or livestreamed.
Online doesn’t have to mean public!
Sadly, the internet has earned a ‘wild west’ reputation when it comes to safeguarding. This has created a taboo around the idea of livestreaming or video-sharing in some schools. However, there are plenty of options for making your online videos and livestreams safe.
For example, both YouTube and Vimeo have options for sharing content only with specific invited people. Both services also offer an ‘unlisted’ option, that effectively makes a video or livestream ex-directory. Alternatively, livestreams can take place over a school’s Zoom, Teams, or Google Meet account, with unique meeting IDs and passcodes. I’m quite happy to train your staff in setting up and managing an online video service safely.
Mooma Media provides its services under the following assumptions:
- You have permission from the copyright holder to use third party materials.
- You have the consent/parental consent of those present to be filmed/streamed.
- The event venue or school has consented to filming.
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Stourbridge-based Mooma Media offers video production, filming, photography, live-streaming, and media support services to schools throughout the Black Country and West Midlands region. To find out more about the range of services available, please visit my Media Services for Schools page.
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